Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith joined a most-select club on Saturday night with one second remaining in regulation against the Detroit Red Wings.
Smith became the 11th goalie in NHL history to score a goal, an empty-netter. He launched a 190-foot wrist shot and managed to just beat the buzzer at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz. That made the final score 5-2 against the Red Wings.
“I knew there was not a lot of time left,” said Smith in his TV interview on the bench. “I didn’t think it had the legs to get there. But it just adds to the win.”
The line for Smith: 31 saves, first career goal.
“It would have been a major letdown if they had disallowed it,” Coyotes captain Shane Doan said in a TV interview after the game from the Phoenix dressing room.
Smith, in fact, has also scored in the minor leagues. On Oct. 26, 2002, he scored a goal for Lexington against the Dayton Bombers in an East Coast Hockey League game.